Bret Stephens: Tips for Aspiring Op-Ed Writers

Tips for Aspiring Op-Ed Writers 1) A wise editor once observed that the easiest decision a reader can make is to stop reading. This means that every sentence has to count in grabbing the reader’s attention, starting with the first. Get to the point: Why…

In Defense of the Journalistic Method

It’s easy to disparage journalists until you try to do it yourself and realize the difficulty of composing and conveying a generally cogent, thoughtful yet enticing argument in 1000-1500 words to an audience that has high expectations, that isn’t total crap or mean-spirited and abrasive….

Do big words make you look dumb? How BS spreads on the internet

It’s well-established that the internet is a vector for bullshit. So how does such infectious stupidity spread? There are two ways: fast and slow. ‘Fast’ are hoaxes that are shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter until, long after the damage is already done,…

Professional vs. Amateur Writing

Inspired by Vox Day’s post The IQ Delta Most writing guides focus on the writing process, such as developing a writing habit, not the quality of the writing itself. No amount of persistence, positive affirmations, or word counts will help if the writing itself is…

The Genius of Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat may be the most talented columnist alive, and by perusing some of his most recent articles, for instructional purposes, we can get a better understanding of his style and why it’s so effective. When reading a Douthat column, typically the first paragraph sets…

On Writing

These two stories are going viral: 13 Questions to Ask Before Submitting to a Literary Journal There Is No Handbook for Being a Writer Too many people want writing ‘hacks’ and ‘tips’, without understanding that writing is a market, which means that for writing to…

The Stark Realities of Self-Publishing

A cold dose of reality on the fanciful world of self-publishing: I just self-published my first novel and am extremely disappointed Most people on here seem to be having flaming success in self-publishing field, but unfortunately I haven’t been graced with such luck – it’s…

Defending ‘Academic’ Writing

What is wrong with ‘academic’ writing? Academics Stink at Writing – Steven Pinker Why Is Academic Writing So Unpleasant to Read?> Why Is Academic Writing So Academic? Believe it or not, academics actually know how to write, but some of this ‘jargon’ is for brevity….

Pencil Pushers and The Miracle of Capitalism

Although I often rail against collectivism, an exception is collectivism in the context of a firm. The miracle of capitalism and comparative advantage is that it gives a high standard of living to otherwise mediocre people. To go somewhat on a tangent, consider the somewhat…

The Writing Boom

First, the grim statics of writing for publication, which I’m sure every author is aware of: The 10 Awful Truths About Book Publishing Thinking of Self-Publishing Your Book in 2013? Here’s What You Need to Know This passage stood out: 1. The number of books…